Police Squad! (1982)
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The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand) 

The daughter of a textile tycoon is kidnapped and Frank must find her before it's too late to pay the ransom.

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(teleplay), (story) (as Deborah Hwang) | 4 more credits »
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Alan North ...
Rex Hamilton ...
Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
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Executed Man
Ed Williams ...
William Duell ...
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Himself
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Warner
Lilibet Stern ...
Terri
Byron Webster ...
Thames
Ken Michelman ...
Kingsley
Peter Elbling ...
The Mime
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Charlotte
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The daughter of a textile tycoon is kidnapped and Frank must find her before it's too late to pay the ransom.

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Comedy | Crime

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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18 March 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Directed by Georg Stanford Brown, who guest starred in Episode 2 and was crushed by a falling safe in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Det. Frank Drebin: [holds up a cup] Coffee?
Warner: Yes, I know.
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Connections

References A Summer Place (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Satin Doll
By Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn & Johnny Mercer
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Enjoyable episode
7 September 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

The daughter of a textile tycoon gets abducted. It's up to the ever inept Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen, the master of deadpan) to find her before it's too late to pay the ransom. Direrctor Georg Stanford Brown, working from a cheerfully inane script by Pat Proft, relates the amusing story at a snappy pace and milks the winningly wacky sense of anything-goes outrageous humor for plenty of solid belly laughs. The cast tackle the blithely silly material with commendable enthusiasm: Alan North as Drebin's stalwart partner Captain Ed Hocken, William Duell as incredibly sage informant Johnny, Peper Lupus as the bumbling Norberg, Lilibet Stern as the fetching Terri, Nicholas Costner as Terri's distraught wealthy Warner, K. Callan as Terri's worried mother Charlotte, and Byron Webster as suave butler Thames. Robert Goulet briefly pops up as an executed man who refuses both a blindfold and a cigarette while Tommy Lasorda makes a hilarious appearance as himself. Of course, there are also a slew of inspired nutty gags, such as Drebin participating in a basketball game while interviewing a witness, a mime delivering an important message, and an off the wall climactic shoot-out. Funny stuff.


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